Streaking Final Preventing Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov could also be placing an finish to his UFC profession.
Per a current report by Russian information outlet TASS, Magomedsharipov is significantly contemplating strolling away from the game of MMA. Nothing is official right now, however a supply near Zabit mentioned there’s a excessive chance that the gifted featherweight will now not compete.
“With a excessive diploma of likelihood, Zabit will now not battle,” mentioned the supply.
Following the report, Igor Lazorin of TASS revealed extra particulars concerning Zabit’s potential retirement:
Magomedsharipov, 30, burst onto the UFC scene again in 2017 and has amassed a 6-0 document ever since. The featherweight contender already holds win over notable fighters like Calvin Katter and Jeremy Stephens, and hoped to battle his manner right into a title shot in 2021.
Sadly, Zabit can’t appear to discover a battle. The Russian fighter was anticipated to face Yair Rodriguez in Aug. 2020 however Rodriguez was pressured to tug out of the bout and UFC officers by no means discovered a substitute. Keep in mind, Zabit hasn’t competed since his UFC primary occasion debut towards Kattar again in Nov. 2019.
Contemplating Zabit fought 4 occasions in a single yr to begin his UFC profession this prolonged layoff needs to be killing him, particularly contemplating he has the expertise to battle for the featherweight title proper now. It’s unlikely that UFC would let Zabit stroll with out attempting to entice him again into the fold with a high-profile bout, however it’s already taken the promotion this lengthy so who actually is aware of how it will play out.
If Magomedsharipov is searching for a giant battle to maintain himself going and UFC goes to attempt to hold him round then perhaps a matchup with former UFC featherweight Max Holloway is within the playing cards. It makes probably the most sense proper now contemplating present champion Alexander Volkanovski is scheduled to battle Brian Ortega later this yr and fellow contenders Dan Ige and Chan Sung Jung will sq. off with each other this June.
What say you, Maniacs? Ought to UFC do what it might probably to maintain Zabit round?